Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana B

Definition - What does Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana B mean?

Parivrtta janu sirsasana B is a seated revolved posture that is part of the primary series of Ashtanga yoga. From Sanskrit, parivrtta means “revolved,” janu means “knee,” sirsa means “head” and asana means “posture.” The B indicates this an advanced variation of the foundation pose.

To enter parivrtta janu sirsasana, the yogi begins in dandasana and then opens the legs to a wide angle. Depending on which side the yogi is going to revolve toward, the opposite leg bends at the knee and the foot rests along the inner thigh. The yogi then leans toward the extended leg, bringing the bottom shoulder forward to the inner knee. The drishti is directed at the sky, the arms reach over the body and both hands clasp the foot. As the chest opens, the back comes to the thigh and the back of the head comes to the knee. To release, the yogi lets go of the foot and simultaneously untwists the body, coming back to dandasana.

Parivrtta janu sirsasana B is also known as revolved head-to-knee pose B in English.

Yogapedia explains Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana B

Parivrtta janu sirsasana B is an intermediate to advanced pose. This pose requires that the yogi has developed the flexibility to bring the legs behind the body while the upper body revolves or twists. Additionally, having one leg bent and both hands on the foot reduces the foundation and stability of the pose. The yogi has to be able to apply downward pressure from the sit bones and the extended leg in order to stay in the pose with stability.

This deep bound twisting seated posture is known to stimulate the digestion and internal organs, and open the hamstrings and shoulders while improving circulation to the spine through the twist.

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